How to Convert PDF to Pages on macOS or iOS in 6 Ways?

2020-06-01 03:09:10 / Posted by Rosa Reyes to PDF Follow @ Rosa

As a writer, I often get files emailed to me in the format of PDF. At first, I used to copy all the text from the PDF file and copy it to Pages, and do all the reformatting, but this is very time-consuming.  Especially when converting some scanned PDF files, you won't be allowed to copy and paste. 

However, I do find some ways and apps that convert PDF to Pages file with intactness and good formatting. Here are 6 solutions on how to convert PDF to Pages on macOS or iOS device.

Best macOS PDF to Pages Converter 2020

You may have noticed there are quite a few solutions to convert a PDF to Pages directly. When you Google search, you are guided to convert PDF to Word, then Save Word as Pages, which takes time and scarifies quality.

After slogging through dozens of solutions to convert PDF to Pages, we finally pick the best one for you--- PDF OCR Converter for Mac. It helps to perform the PDF-to-Pages conversion directly with least time and efforts, while with high quality retained. 

Tutorial #1 How to Convert Native PDF to Pages on Mac

Step 1Download and install Cisdem PDF Converter OCR to your mac

Free Download

Step 2Import PDF Files for PDF to Pages Conversion

Once you have installed and launched this PDF program on your Mac, go to "Converter", import PDFs into the program by drag&drop, you can import up to 200 files for one time.

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Step 3Adjust the PDF to Pages Setting(Page Range, Output Format)

Click on the blank area of any imported PDF to select it, or hold “Shift” while selecting to choose multiple files for conversion. Also,before converting the PDF to Pages on mac, fill the page range and set output format as Pages.
If you need to preview the file to fill page range, please click on the PDF icon, the file will be opened with Preview. 

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Step 4Convert Native PDF to Pages on Mac Instantly

Once all the files are selected, click “Convert” to start PDF to Pages conversion. Choose your output folder and check the Pages files once the status bar indicates the conversion finishes.

Tutorial #2 How to Convert Scanned PDF to Pages on Mac

Step 1Download and install Cisdem PDF Converter OCR to your mac

Free Download

Step 2Drag and drop scanned PDF files to the program;
Step 3Turn OCR button ON, choose file language and select output as Pages;

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Step 4(Optional) Use Advanced OCR;

For advanced and more accurate OCR result, you can click the Settings icon, manually adjust the OCR applied zone as needed. For illustration, if you want to output a part of the file as Table, click on the “Mark Tables” icon from the OCR Applied Zone toolbar, drag and add a box to contain that part, then this marked part will be output as Table, instead of text or image.

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Step 5Click Convert to turn scanned PDF to Pages on Mac;

Also, you can watch the video tutorial on how to convert PDF to Pages 

No worry on conversion quality, this PDF OCR converter steals nothing from your file, all the information, layout, images, tables, formatting will be kept as your original file. That's it, several clicks and wait for several seconds, you will get your PDF in Pages format, and you will be able to edit the Pages file on your iPad or Mac anytime, anywhere. 


Convert PDF to Pages on Mac for Free

To convert PDF to Pages on mac free, there are 2 ways, online or offline free.

Offline Free---Copy and Paste from PDF to Pages

If you just need to convert a native PDF to Pages format, macOS Preview will help to copy and paste the PDF text to a Pages document.

  1. Open PDF with macOS Preview;
  2. Select and copy the PDF file;
  3. Create a new Pages document, click Paste to save a PDF file in the Pages file;pdf to pages preview 01
  4. Go to File>Save, your PDF file will be saved as Pages format.pdf to pages preview 02

Online Free

You can also make full use of online free tools to convert PDF to Pages. Here we recommend to use CleverPDF or hipdf, also, these 2 online free PDF to Pages converters are the only 2 online free tools to save a PDF as Pages format directly, without doing 2 conversions (PDF to Word, Word to Pages).

#1 PDF to Pages Online Free with CleverPDF

  1. Go to CleverPDF PDF to Pages;
  2. Drag and drop PDF file to CleverPDF;
  3. Then click Start conversion;cleverpdf pdf to pages
  4. Then download the Pages document to your mac;

Limitations of CleverPDF PDF to Pages Converter

  • Convert native PDF only, not working on scanned PDF;
  • Don’t support batch OCR;
  • Require manually revise conversion errors;
  • Potential risk of information leakage;

#2 PDF to Pages Online Free with hipdf

  1. Go to hipdf PDF to Pages;
  2. Drag and drop PDF file to the program;hipdf pdf to pages
  3. Click Convert to start the conversion;
  4. Download the Pages document to mac

Limitations of hipdf PDF to Pages Converter

  • Convert native PDF only, not working on scanned PDF;
  • Don’t support batch OCR;
  • 2 free conversions per day;
  • Require manually revise conversion errors;
  • Potential risk of information leakage;


Can I Open PDF in Pages

You may wonder if we can convert PDF to Pages by opening PDF in Pages since it is the application comes free with macOS bundle. 

The answer is YES, and in fact, opening PDF in Pages is a smart trick to do the PDF to Pages conversion without a converter. But, with this method, the PDF imported to Pages can be only saved in image format. In other words, Mac Pages allows users to open and insert PDF to Pages, but the imported PDF files are not editable in Pages. If you feel all right, continue to get this trick.

Since iWork Pages cannot open PDF directly, you will need to open an existing Pages file, then insert the PDF file to Pages.

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Steps to Open PDF in Pages on Mac

  1. Open an existing Pages file with iWork Pages.         
  2. Insert PDF to Pages on Mac.
    Once you have run iWork Pages, go to a new blank page and drag&drop the PDF file into the blank page. Only one page of PDF file can be imported at one time.
    Don’t drag and drop PDF files to pages that filled with contents,.Otherwise, these pages will be overlapped by inserted PDF.
    Also, you can double click on the PDF page or go to the right panel to adjust the settings.pdf to pages with Pages 02
  3. Save PDF as Pages on mac.
    Once all are done, go to File>Save. Your PDF will be converted to Pages, though the imported PDF cannot be edited. pdf to pages with Pages 03

Notes: If you want to edit PDF in Pages, you will need a professional PDF to Pages converter, or have a try on above-mentioned solutions.


Extended: Convert PDF to Pages on iOS (iPhone and iPad)

You may use Pages on iPhone or iPad more frequently, since iOS devices are more portable. Then how to convert PDF to Pages on iOS devices? You will need a PDF to Pages application for iOS. Let’s say Lighten PDF to Pages for iOS.

Lighten PDF to Pages for iOS is a lightweight app to turn native PDFs into iWork Pages on iPhone and iPad, it is priced at $1.99. Users are allowed to upload PDF from iCloud, Dropbox, Email or other places for Pages conversion, then share the Pages to iCloud, Dropbox or just keep it in the app. 

Steps to Convert PDF to Pages on iPhone or iPad

  1. Download and install Lighten PDF to Pages for iOS;
  2. Add PDF to the application for conversion;pdf to pages ios01
  3. Tap on Convert button to start PDF to Pages conversion;pdf to pages ios02
  4. Once ready, share the Pages document to iCloud or other places as needed;pdf to pages ios03


To convert PDF to Pages on macOS, you can choose free or paid tools. But a professional PDF converter is always highly recommended when you need high quality conversion and want to convert scanned PDF to Pages document. While, for PDF to Pages conversion on iOS, an application will be required.

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3 Comments Leave a Reply

  • Rumir

    There was a way to change PDF to pages with the help of Adobe(I am a Adobe user)! Thanks, but is there any better way to improve the file quality using this method?

    4 years ago REPLY
  • Keshawn

    Way to go on this essya, helped a ton.

    4 years ago REPLY
  • Jerem

    I usually use Pages to edit document, but I always receive many PDF file from other people. I need a good PDF to Pages converter. This article provides a good solution. Thank you!!!

    5 years ago REPLY